Gerard R. Bates

June 29, 1939May 13, 2012

Gerard R. Bates, 72, of Penn Yan, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Gerard was born June 29, 1939 to Henry Russell and Doris Benton Bates in Rochester, NY. He retired as a sergeant for the Irondequoit Police Department in 1982. He then went on to own the Knotty Pine Inn, as well as various other businesses. He was also a former past town justice for the town of Pulteney. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying and boating on Keuka Lake, but above all he was a family man and loved spending time with his children.

Surviving are his wife, Joan Forest Bates; sons, Gregory (Lisa) Bates, Jeffrey (Kathleen) Bates, Christopher (Debra) Bates, and Corey (Stephanie) Bates; grandchildren, Amanda, Justin, Sean, Alec, Jordan, Patrick, Mia, Brian, Taylor, Jack and Olivia; sisters, Judy Holland and Debbie Cornell, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Michael Bates.

Friends and family may call at Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527 from 6-8PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 1PM on Thursday, May 17th, at the funeral home with Father Jeff Tunnicliff officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Bates’ name may be made to The Homestead, 418 N. Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Family and friends may sign the guestbook at


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gerard R. Bates

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bud/betty ventimiglia

June 12, 2012

Joan and family ,Betty and me are very sorry for your loss- we cherish all the cartoons gerry did re:menand incidents he left for us to enjoy about our years at IPD. May rest in peacehe will always be with us in our hearts May God blessyou and your family.

May 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss seeing you at Homestead. Gail Cosler, Activities Supervisor

Jodi Bigelow

May 17, 2012

So sorry Joan and family. My thoughts are with all of you. GOD BLESS.

RIP Gerry, you will be missed,

May 17, 2012

Joanie and boys,

Some of the best memories I have growing up came from all my Knotty Pine years! And Jerry is in many of them!!!!! Head of the crazy clam bakes:) And Joanie I'm still thankful you didn't tell him when you caught a bunch of the girls being naughty!!! Remember all the happy memories!

Love you all!!!!
Lou Lou (Vanessa)

Mary Beth Kitzel

May 16, 2012

Please accept my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Justin & Alissa Schierberl

May 15, 2012

Our prayers are with the entire Bates' family during this time of profound loss.

Betsy Walters Ballard

May 15, 2012

Joanie, I am so saddened by the news of Gerry's passing. May you and children find peace in his memory. Love, Betsy Walters Ballard

Mindy Johnson

May 15, 2012

May all the memories help you all thru this difficult time. I can still see Gerry floating around the lake in his party boat with Chet Atkins on the 8 track player.Our thoughts are with Joan & family.
Mindy, Loren & Colin Johnson

May 15, 2012

Sincere condolences to Joan and family. Bobby Jo Milton

May 15, 2012

Our thought and prayers are with all of you.


Kevin and Pam (Tietjen) Fingar and family